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  • The Central Washington area is loaded with championship golf courses, including places like Moses Pointe (pictured right). There are plenty of options from 18-hole courses to 9-hole tracks. For more on playing golf in and around Central Washington, please check out our special section in this month’s issue Inside Golf Newspaper.

    Central Washington: No shortage of terrific golf


    Rules Quiz

    Pepsi Northwest Women’s Open set for Twin Lakes

    A player’s ball comes to rest in a bunker. In preparing for her stroke from the bunker which of the following actions are permit- ted? • Touching or moving loose impedi- ments. • Digging her feet in the sand for her next stroke. • Leaning on her club/s to rest or stay balanced • Measuring, marking, lifting, replacing, etc. • Striking the sand in frustration or anger. • Smoothing the sand in the care of the course. Please see the answer on Page 2 of this section of Inside Golf Newspaper.

    Northwest professionals, amateurs set for majors

    Tournament season for the Pacific Northwest’s top professionals and amateurs is right around the corner. The Muckleshoot Washington Open kicked off the championship season with a three- day tournament at Kent’s Meridian Valley Country Club. Here is a look at the rest of the major cham- pionship schedule in the Pacific Northwest… • The Oregon Open will take place June 18- 20 at Bend’s Pronghorn Golf Club at both the Nicklaus and Fazio courses. • Rosauers Invitational will be held July 19-21 at Spokane’s Indian Canyon Golf Course. • The Northwest Open Invitational is set for Aug. 19-21 at Walla Walla’s Wine Valley. And don’t forget these pro tournaments. * Aug. 8-11: WinCo Foods Portland Open, event at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club near Portland. • Aug. 23-25: Boeing Classic, Champions Tour event at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, just east of Seattle. • Aug, 29-Sept. 1: Cambia Portland LPGA Classic, one of the longest-running LPGA events set for Columbia Edgewater in Portland.

    The 2019 Pepsi Northwest Women’s Open is set for June 24-26 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way. The event will bring together professionals and amateurs for a one-day Pro-Am and two days of tournament play. Some of the top amateurs and club professionals are expected to take part. Players come from around the world to play in this event. The professionals are expected to play for a purse of $10,000. The Pro-Am is set for Monday, June 24 with a field of 20 teams, three amateurs and one pro- fessional joining up for the 18-hole event which includes lunch, dinner tee prizes and more. The two-day tournament will be stroke play. See for more information.

    Prante captures Washington Open Invitational

    Bandon Dunes turns 20 years old

    Bandon Dunes Resort turns 20 years old this year - a resort developed by Mike Keiser (upper right). Courses like Old Macdonald (above) and Bandon Trails (right) are two reasons the resort is ranked among the best in the world. The other courses at the Oregon Coast resort include Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes and The Preserve. See inside for more on Bandon Dunes.

    NW Golf Academy: A place to get your game and body going

    Shane Prante

    Muckleshoot Washington Open Here are the final results from 2019 Muckle- shoot Casino Washington Open held at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash.

    Shane Prante 70-65-67 = 202 $8,500.00 Ryan Benzel 66-69-72 = 207 $4,216.67 Scott Erdmann 64-71-72 = 207 $4,216.67 Conner Robbins 70-71-72 = 207 $4,216.67 David Phay 65-71-72 = 208 $2,925.00 Russell Grove 69-69-71 = 209 $2,500.00 Colin Inglis 69-71-69 = 209 $2,500.00 Darren Black 73-72-65 = 210 $2,041.67 Jeff Coston 68-70-72 = 210 $2,041.67 Tony Robydek 69-71-70 = 210 $2,041.67 Austin Hurt 70-71-70 = 211 $1,782.50 Greg Manley 70-74-67 = 211 $1,782.50

    The Pacific Northwest Golf Academy crew (from left): Matt Fonner, Derek Berg, Alex Dunlop and Cory Mehl.

    As you might see when you watch professional golf on television, there are some fit men and women playing on tour. There is plenty to say about that, when it comes to fitness and a swing that will add miles per hour and yards to your game. Pacific Northwest Golf Academy in Issaquah is a place where they are working on getting your body and game in shape. When you see guys like Rory, Dustin and Brooks working out, it only helps their games. Here is a chance to help yours. See inside for more on Pacific NW Golf Academy.

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    PGA Professional Shane Prante of The Home Course (DuPont, WA) won the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational by five strokes over PGA Pro- fessional Scott Erdmann of Oswego Lake CC (Lake Oswego, OR), 2018 Champion PGA Professional Ryan Benzel of Sahalee CC (Sammamish, WA) and PGA Profes- sional Connor Robbins of North Shore GC (Tacoma, WA).

    This is Prante’s fourth major win after previously winning three Northwest Open Invitational’s in 2013, 2017 and 2018. Jeff Coston and Chuck Congdon hold the record for the most wins with five Washing- ton Open titles. Fred Couples is also a past winner of the Washington Open.

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    Florence Golf Links in Florence, Ore. went by the name Sandpines when it opened back in 1993.

    • Inside Golf - June Issue 2019 •

    It all started back in 1993, when Rees Jones was hired to create an Oregon Coastal golf course in Florence, Ore. This was long before the Bandon Boom. Jones came in and crafted a course through the trees and dunes and when it opened as Sandpines in 1993 it was called the "Best New Public Golf Course in America." And now, more than 25 years later, Jones' Oregon Coastal masterpiece is still a gem, how- ever a few things have changed along the way. Welcome to Florence Golf Links, the new moniker for the course after the ownership group American Pacific International Corporation took over in January of 2017. The new name was unveiled in May of 2018 and fits the area and the golf course just perfectly. "The new owners wanted to tie a new name in with the town of Florence," said General Man- ager Rick Reed. "They wanted name familiarity with the town. And we got that with the new name." This is a course which has undergone owner- ship changes but has always been ranked among the best in the Pacific Northwest. In fact it has a 4 1/2 star rated jewel from Golf Digest and is always a home for PNGA championships. Last year, the Boys and Girls Junior Championships were held at Florence Golf Links and this month the PNGA Senior Men's Amateur was held. The new ownership group has created a air of freshness at Florence Golf Links. Along with the new name, new equipment was bought to improve a course that already was in terrific shape. The 9,000 square foot clubhouse was given some inside upgrades and the outside was given a new coat of paint. The course has survived just fine through the years, though the nearby Oregon Dunes has created a little havoc with the par-5 seventh hole. Sand encroached on the fairway and green, making approach shots and putting difficult. The hole was shortened with a new green but still plays as a par-5. Shorter doesn't mean easier

    in this case. A recent tournament with 60 low handicappers went through the hole with a 5.1 scoring average. The location has always been a plus. Florence Golf Links sits in a tourist hotbed town. And

    with Bandon Dunes Resort an hour down the 101, Florence Golf Links has always attracted a crowd. The course is 60 miles west of Eugene and about three hours from Portland. But Reed said the base of their play comes from the town stretching out to about 60 miles. The course itself always draws raves. The front nine is played through a forest of pines and lakes with the back nine become a links-style layout. The 18th hole is a dramatic par-5 finishing hole with water left and the clubhouse on a bluff making for a terrific backdrop. The course has been around for over 25 years, but there is still plenty new at Florence Golf Links to check out.

    Steve Turcotte is editor of Inside Golf Newspaper. He can be reached